|Sole Fitness SB700|
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|48 lbs||300 lbs||42 x 21 x 40"||Lifetime frame
3 years parts
1 year labor
The Sole Fitness SB700 is one of the most popular high-end spinning bikes on the market. It boasts of commercial-quality features such as a heavy flywheel and high user weight capacity, which make this particular model a favorite at gyms and fitness centers.
Features and Specifications
The SB700 has the following technical specifications:
- Machine dimensions: 40.30 x 21.1 x 41.9 inches
- Flywheel weight: 48 pounds
- Maximum Capacity: 300 pounds
- Digital display screen: Yes
- Handlebars: Adjustable
- Seat: Adjustable
- Transportation wheels: Yes
- HR Measurement: Wireless Receiver
This machine is equipped with an impressively hefty 48 pound flywheel that will maximize the number of calories burned. Fitness trainers often highlight the importance of training with a heavier flywheel to ensure that your entire body benefits from the movements. Bear in mind that heavier flywheels often increases the number of calories that you would normally burn per hour. They are also great at replicating the movements of outdoors biking while helping you tone up problem areas as quickly as possible.
Best of all, unlike most indoor cycles, this machine includes a digital display console that will enable you to keep an eye on several fitness-related data such as odometer, pedaling time, speed, heart rate, calories burned and RPM.
It is important to remember that the heart rate sensor is Polar Compatible. This feature can come in especially handy to elderly users since it will help you remain within your fitness limits. Similarly, experienced athletes can use the sensors to ensure they are meeting their target heart rates.
Comfort and Ease of Use
This indoor cycle has a decent level of comfort to keep you motivated during the entire duration of your training. Users will be glad to learn that they can move the saddle up and down or aft and forward, which means that you will be able to find the best angle for you. The seat is wide and contoured to perfectly fit your body, regardless of your size. It has a decent level of padding that will keep you more comfortable than regular spinning bikes will. Indeed, while uncomfortable seats are a major complaint with other models, such as the Marcy Club Revolution, the Sole SB700 allows users to exercise moderately comfortably.
The pedals are quite comfortable and can be adjusted to various shoe sizes. More importantly, they do include large straps that can be wrapped around different ankle sizes. This delivers quite a lot of versatility since various people can use the spinning bike. The display console is wireless and while it is admittedly on the smaller side, most users found that the large font made it possible for them to read it from a distance. The backlit feature was quite an advantage in darkly lit rooms.
As far as its ease of use is concerned, most users were able to successfully find their way around the spinning bike. The only issue inexperienced users had was understanding the different buttons around the console. While most novices did require a few days to familiarize themselves with the console, they did get the hang of it eventually.
To adjust the resistance, users simply need to use the resistance knob located at the very front of the spinning bike, right between the handlebars. The knob is covered in rubber to provide a firm grip, even if your fingers get slippery.
Assembly and Parts
Assembling this machine was quite simple and straightforward for the majority of people. In fact, several people found that they only needed between 20 to 30 minutes to set up the different parts. This is largely due to the fact that the double-layered boxed packaging does includes different types of screws and other tools that you will need to assemble it. Some basic accessories are also included, along with an instructions manual to help you with this step. The manual even features detailed illustrations.
While the majority of people were pleased with the SB700’s performance, a few complaints have been reported about it, with the majority of drawbacks being related to the comfort, though this kind of complaints can be expected from any spinning bike. Some people also found that the pedals didn’t feel solid enough for stand-up cycling but this was not a widespread complaint.
The Sole Fitness SB700 is a versatile machine that can be adapted to different fitness levels. It’s also more comfortable than most spinning bikes and will help you tone up your glutes, thighs and abdominal areas in no time at all. A recommended buy for anyone who can afford to splurge, this model is covered by a warranty of 3 years on the parts and lifetime on the frame.